[quote style=”boxed”]”I’m an all or nothing kind of person, minus the nothing”[/quote]
Carrie likes to tell a story about a conversation she had with my husband not too long ago. It goes something like this.
Carrie: “I’m about 80% paleo.”
Ben: “That’s ok, Sara is 120% paleo.”
My approach to exercise is much the same. If you are going to do, do it. No dabbling. I have been this way as long as I can remember. Lately, ok over the past few years (since turning 40) I’ve felt a little like my body is betraying me. It doesn’t always do what I want it too or respond the way I wish it would.
I have brought this up with friends and other people in the fitness industry. We have come to a mutual agreement, based on science and experience, that everyone has an exercise tolerance and this can change, over time, as we age. It doesn’t mean we are less fit but it means we need to reconsider our training load. We don’t necessarily need to train less hard, we just need to train more smart.
I borrowed a line from a song, “Bigger, harder, faster, stronger makes us better,” and I’ve been know to express these sentiments during classes. Some people may think it’s a bit extreme but as exercise science evolves we are coming to understand that working hard is a great way to cut down on training volume and still achieve outstanding results. Smart, right?!
There are many intense programs out there right now. We are all familiar with them: P90X, Insanity, Beach Body Boot Camp, CrossFit. Perhaps you use HIIT or Tabatas as part of your own training program.
I sure like to.
At any rate, there is definitely a better understanding and more useful programming around high intensity work these days. So how can you make sure you aren’t over doing it? Or under doing it for that matter? Heart rate training using a monitor is one way to be sure you are getting it right.
The old and ineffective age predicted heart rate max formulas are being discarded in favor of new standards that are far more accurate. We will field test various thresholds and use them to anchor training zones. Once the new zones are calibrated we will talk about how much time you should spend in each and why. We will also discuss the emerging black hole concept, which could help you avoid inefficient training.
Zoning makes sense; it reins me in when I’m being extremist. It helps me avoid overtraining and keeps my progress moving forward. It allows me to go all out and still keep my body healthy. Curious? You can sign up for the workshop on our website. Don’t worry if we fill up, we can do it again?
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